from ONE

profiles
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine July 2007)
The Orthodox Church of Greece

issues
by John Long, S.J.
(From ONE magazine July 2005)
A Century of Catholic-Orthodox Relations

perspectives
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine May 2006)
Classifying Catholics

issues
by W. Patrick Lang
(From ONE magazine January 2007)
Islam: Monotheistic but not Monolithic

21st-Century Scribes
by Columba Stewart, OSB
(From ONE magazine September 2006)
Monks use state-of-the-art equipment to preserve ancient manuscripts

Jordanian Christians
by Anne Womer
(From ONE magazine September 2006)
Despite challenges, the Christian faith thrives in the Hashemite kingdom

Middle Eastern, Central American Style
by Paul Wachter with photographs by Carina Wint
(From ONE magazine September 2006)
Arabs have found a new home in Honduras

issues
by Ronald G. Roberson, C.S.P.
(From ONE magazine July 2006)
What Divides Us

A Town Named ‘Good’
by Hanne Foighel
(From ONE magazine July 2011)
Taybeh’s Christians persevere in spite of occupation and emigration

Turkey’s Melting Pot
by Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine May 2011)
A Christian cradle, Hatay is home to a diverse community

Syria’s Christian Valley
by Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine January 2011)
A historically Christian enclave adapts and thrives

Caught in the Middle
by Michele Chabin
(From ONE magazine March 2010)
A minority within a minority, Israel’s Arab Christians muddle through

Christian High Holy Days
by Sami El-Yousef
(From ONE magazine May 2010)
Recollections of a bittersweet Easter in Jerusalem

Profiles
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine May 2009)
The Church of the East

Issues
by Elias D. Mallon, S.A., Ph.D.
(From ONE magazine September 2009)
The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God

Echoes of Jesus From Syria’s Mountains
by Mitchell Prothero
(From ONE magazine May 2008)
A village celebrates its ancient Christian heritage

Perspectives
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine July 2011)
Upstairs, Downstairs

Perspectives
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine January 2010)
False Witness

Perspectives
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine May 2010)
Duodecimal Relations

Perspectives
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine November 2010)
Networking

Perspectives
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine May 2009)
Survivors

perspectives
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine March 2008)
Theologic

perspectives
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine November 2008)
Religious Taxonomy

perspectives
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine January 2006)
Conversion

perspectives
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine January 2005)
Religious Language

O My God!
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From CNEWA WORLD January – February 2004)
From the Secretary General

Networks
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine May – June 2004)
From the Secretary General

Jews
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine July – August 2004)
From the Secretary General

Peter’s First See
by Chorbishop John D. Faris
(From CNEWA WORLD March – April 2003)
Why Antioch can rightfully lay claim to Peter and his ministry

Antidisestablishmentarianism
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From CNEWA WORLD March – April 2003)
From the Secretary General

Isaac Unbound
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From CNEWA WORLD May – June 2003)
From the Secretary General

Multiform Mission
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From CNEWA WORLD September – October 2003)
From the Secretary General

Blooming Where They Are Planted
by Marilyn Raschka
(From CNEWA WORLD March – April 2002)
In the midst of ancient Roman ruins, a Christian community works to strengthen its faith.

The Heart of the Matter
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From CNEWA WORLD May – June 2002)
Our time on earth is short. Why labor over differences?

The March of Folly
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From CNEWA WORLD November – December 2002)
Will a U.S. invasion of Iraq be a modern Trojan horse?

The Kunama of Eritrea
text and photographs by Sister Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East March – April 2001)
The Kunama of Eritrea proudly maintain their ancient way of life in the face of modern incursions.

Already But Not Yet
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From CNEWA WORLD September – October 2001)
Aren’t we married yet?

Not All Are the Same
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From CNEWA WORLD November – December 2001)
Muslims, like Christians, have many opposing points of view.

In His Footsteps
by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East March – April 2000)
Following the Ways of the Cross in modern Jerusalem reveals the contradiction of Christ’s passion and death.

Turning the Tide in Southern Lebanon
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East September – October 2000)
The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts provide hope to the people of southern Lebanon as they encounter a new, unfamiliar freedom.

Raising the Anti
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East November – December 2000)
It’s not easy trying to be a disciple of Jesus in this world.

Family Reunions
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1999)
Despite recorded differences throughout history, a reunion of churches is still possible.

Profiles
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine September 2011)
Greece’s Eastern Catholic Church

The God-Trodden Land
text by George Martin
photographs by Miriam Sushman
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1998)
The history, philosophy and significance of religious pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Promoting Christian Unity
text by Father George D. Gallaro
photographs by Arturo Mari
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1998)
The ecumenical work of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Bab Sittna Mariam
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1998)
Devotion to the Virgin Mary as a point of convergence for Christians and Muslims.

A Dormition Awakening
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1998)
In the industrial town of Kondopoga, the Russian Orthodox celebration of the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary is a big event.

Lessons Over Coffee
by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1998)
Jordan’s Bedouin Christian community strives to maintain its rich faith and heritage.

The Tomb of Our Father Abraham
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1997)
The evolution of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, site of the tomb of Abraham.

Rock and Roll in Bethlehem
text by Felix Corley
photographs by Ilene Perlman
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1997)
Al-Baraem, a Palestinian musical group, aims to spread its fresh sound throughout the Middle East.

Letting Christians Down
by Marilyn Raschka
photos: CNEWA-PMP, Beirut
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1997)
Home to some of the first Christians, the ancient city of Damascus maintains its Christian past.

Hinduism and Indian Culture
by Malcolm Nazareth
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1996)
Indian culture and Hinduism go hand in hand. In today’s India, however, more faiths are joining the circle.

Full Circle
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1996)
A history of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in India.

A Turning Point for Christendom
by Brother Donald Mansir, F.S.C.
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1996)
The dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre undergoes a much needed face-lift.

Our Lady of Guadalupe – Of Bir Zeit?
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1996)
A profile of a vibrant Palestinian parish dedicated to Mexico’s patroness.

Pope
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1996)
Understanding what “pope” is all about.

Onward Christian Soldiers
by Brother David Carroll, F.S.C., K.C.H.S.
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1995)
The history of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

The Significance of Jerusalem for Christians
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1995)

Supporting the Church in India
text by Kamini Desai Sanghvi
photos by Sister Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1995)
For decades, CNEWA has been in India, helping more than 25 million Christians. We’re still there.

Iran’s Armenian Christians
text and photos by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1995)
Always a minority, Iran’s Armenian Christians work to maintain their identity.

Our Patrimony of Patriarchs
compiled by Catholic Near East staff
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1995)
The origins of the Christian patriarchs and their role in the church.

The Christians of Egypt
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1995)
Egypt’s Christian population continues to flourish despite discrimination and emigration.

The Melkites of Jerusalem
text and photos by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1995)
More than 10,000 strong, the Greek Melkite Catholic Church of Jerusalem is alive and well in city where Christianity began.

Egyptian Tales of the Holy Family
by Jeanne Conte
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1994)
Tales of Joseph, Mary and the Christ child in Egypt.

Distinction Without a Difference
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1994)
Bridging differences and celebrating distinctions are the prime directives for living in our one human family.

The Christians of Ain Arik
text and photos by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1994)
Christians in the village of Ain Arik.

Celebrating Mahamastakabhisheka
text and photos by Cheryl Sheridan
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1994)
Our correspondent in India takes us to the greatest festival of the Jain, a religion dating back to the sixth century B.C.

The Mountain of the Servants of God
text and photos by Chris Hellier
(From Catholic Near East March 1993)
Caught in the middle of a guerrilla war, Syrian Orthodox Christians in southeastern Turkey struggle to hang onto their homeland.

Fresco Facelift in Central Turkey
text and photos by Chris Hellier
(From Catholic Near East September 1993)
Crumbling frescoes in ancient churches in Turkey receive a long-overdue facelift.

The Role of the Church in a New Eastern Europe
by Rev. Dr. Laszlo Lukacs
(From Catholic Near East November 1993)
A condensed excerpt from a paper delivered in May to members of the Catholic Press Association at its convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Against All Odds: The Assyrian Church
by Brother David Carroll, F.S.C., Ph.D.
photos: courtesy, Assyrian Church of the East
(From Catholic Near East January 1992)
After centuries of persecution, the Assyrian Church of the East is putting down new roots in exile.

All Creation, Praise the Lord
by Father Romanos V. Russo
(From Catholic Near East July 1992)
Reflections on the links between ecology and theology.

Jerusalem’s Armenian Quarter
by Joyce M. Davis
photos by Karen Lagerquist
(From Catholic Near East July 1992)
A profile of Jerusalem’s Armenian community.

Easter: An Orthodox Perspective
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East April 1991)
Ruminations on Easter in the Orthodox Church.

Where do we go from here?
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East July 1991)
Yugoslavia and its exhausted people continue the struggle to find middle ground.

A Prayer of the Heart
by Father Romanos V. Russo
photos: Bettmann Newsphotos
(From Catholic Near East July 1991)
The author visits the former Princess Ileana of Romania – known today as Mother Alexandra – Transfiguration Monastery.

Christianity in the Soviet Union
by Ivan Kauffman
(From Catholic Near East January 1990)
The Catholic Church in the Soviet Union is coming to life, thanks to a Soviet thaw.

The Star in the East
compiled by Catholic Near East staff
(From Catholic Near East April 1990)
Hard-hit by the intifada, the town of Beit Sahour adds a new angle to the Palestinians’ struggle.

An Unprecedented Homily
(From Catholic Near East April 1990)
Departing from tradition, Archbishop Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, delivered this homily during Midnight Mass in Bethlehem this past Christmas.

Vatican II Reminiscences
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East April 1990)
Msgr. Stern reflects on Vatican II.

Enduring a Bloodbath in East Beirut
by Thomas McHugh
(From Catholic Near East July 1990)
A firsthand report of the war in the Middle East from the Pontifical Mission’s staff in Beirut.

New Challenges in Eastern Europe
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East July 1990)
Although freedom has come – finally – to Eastern Europe, that freedom brings new challenges to Christians.

Early Christianity in the Holy Land: An Emerging View
by Father Michele Piccirillo, O.F.M., Ph.D.
(From Catholic Near East September 1990)
Extracts from a lecture delivered at the United Nations May 7 by Father Michele Piccirillo of the Franciscan Biblical Institute.

Rebuilding a School in the Heart of Cairo
by Joyce M. Davis
(From Catholic Near East September 1990)
The Christian Brothers tackle Egypt’s desperate need for schools.

Made in Bethlehem
by Joseph Cornelius Donnelly
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East September 1990)
Miles of olive groves and the hands of dedicated workers result in a valuable handicraft for the Holy Land.

Back to the Future
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East September 1990)
Helping the churches of the Soviet Union proves a challenge, for both these churches and those of the West.

Search for Brotherhood in the Christian Near East
by Thomas McHugh
(From Catholic Near East September 1990)
During a visit to CNEWA, Armenian Apostolic Catholicos Karekin II, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, reflects on the status of Christianity in the Middle East.

One Man’s Way of Peace in Lebanon
text and photos by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1989)
Retreating to a life of prayer in Lebanon also means being a missionary. At least Pere Antonious can still insist that his picture not be taken.

The Ruined House of Ephesus
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1989)
Saint Paul wrote to the Ephesians that “you too, in him, are being built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit” (2:22). That community is gone, and his message seems a distant echo.

Letter from Archbishop Pio Laghi
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1989)

Egypt
photos by Sister Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East August 1989)
Excerpts from the report of a May field visit to Egypt by Catholic Near East Welfare Association staff.

Facing Facts in the Middle East
text and photos by Joseph Cornelius Donnelly
(From Catholic Near East October 1989)
A trip to the Middle East, to listen.

Maaloula: An Oasis of Faith
by Michael J.L. La Civita
photos by Joseph Cornelius Donnelly
(From Catholic Near East October 1989)
An ancient village in the Qalamoun Mountains works to maintain its Christian identity and preserve its community.

The Traveling Shepherd of Tinos
by Mark Leeds
photos by Dee Leeds
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1988)
Father Roccos Psaltis tends to the spiritual needs of the Greek Catholic population of this beautiful isle.

Serving the People of the Holy Land
by Brother Austin David, F.S.C.
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1988)
CNEWA and the Pontifical Mission for Palestine have been caring for the needs of suffering Palestinians since 1949.

Preserving Syrian Icons from the Toll of Time and Loving Touches
text and photos by Anthony B. Toth
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1988)
Time and the caresses of the faithful have taken their toll on these unique works of art.

A Tenacious Christian Spirit
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1988)
The spectacular landscape of the Macedonian region of Yugoslavia provides a dramatic setting for Christian observances.

Recognizing the Stranger
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1988)
Hospitality is central to following Christ, who is the stranger you meet.

The Chanda Mission
text and photos by Rev. Jacob Martin Kapiarmala, C.M.I.
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1988)
In the heart of India, Syro-Malabar Catholics are reaching needy people.

Messenger of Peace for Lebanon
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1988)
Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir is asking for help to end the violence in Lebanon.

The Timeless Allure of Kerala
text and photos by Claire Rydell
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1987)
The southwest coast of India, home to a rich, colorful culture, has always welcomed outsiders seeking its wealth.

Rejoicing in Bethlehem
by Monsignor John G. Nolan
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1987)
Reflections on 25 years of journeying to the Church of the Nativity at Christmas to celebrate Midnight Mass.

Christianity’s Holiest Shrine
by Sir William J. Doyle, K.G.C.H.S.
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1987)
The faithful have revered this site since the earliest days of the Church.

A Mosaic of Christianity
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1987)
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre brings a cross-section of Christian churches under one roof.

Mission and the Near East
by Monsignor John G. Nolan
photos by Sr. Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1987)
The living witness to Christianity in the lands of the first missionaries unites East and West.

Thessalonica: The Community of Faith Lives On
text and photos by Margot Granitsas
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1987)
Thessalonica’s active churches confirm Paul’s assertion that God’s message “is still a living power among you who believe”

Joy Where There Is Suffering
by Dominique Lapierre
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1987)
Among the poorest of Calcutta’s worst slum, faith turns immeasurable suffering into a source of spiritual richness.

The Good News in Dbayeh
by Michael Healy
photos by Sr. Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1987)
In the midst of Lebanon’s despair, a seed of hope planted by a persistent nun begins to sprout.

Churches Carved From Ethiopian Hills – The Mystery of Lalibela
by Lark Gould
photos by Ilene Perlman
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1987)
The tiny village of Lalibela in Ethiopia is home to eleven mysterious churches, ancient holy sites for Coptic Christians.

Seeking Christ in the Desert – The Conversion of Charles de Foucauld
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1987)
The story of the conversion of Charles de Foucauld.

The Long Good Friday of Albanian Christians
by James V. Schall, S.J.
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1986)
Despite a history of persecution, Albania’s Christians survive and worship.

A Living Icon of War and Salvation
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1986)
The Holy City: the center of so much holiness and so much strife.

Coptic Villagers of the Upper Nile – Islands of Christianity
by Kenneth Cline
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1986)
In the land of the Holy Family, despite isolation and poverty, Coptic Christians in rural Egypt maintain an unwavering faith.

Philippi: Birthplace of Christianity in the West
by Brother Christian Leisy
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1985)
An ancient city in Greece is an important piece in the mosaic that was early Christianity.

Antioch: Crossroads of Faith
by Sister Jean David Finley, O.P.
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1985)
The city of Antioch, a significant seat of Christian history, is also a fundamental part of the history of many faiths.

The Eloquent Witness of John Chrysostom
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1985)
An ascetic monk from the fourth century is still a model for Christian life today.

The Temple of God’s Glory
by Rev. Romanos V. Russo
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1985)
Reflections on the Temple of Jerusalem, no longer standing but still alive in the Theotokos.

God’s Ascension, Man’s Exaltation
by Rev. Romanos V. Russo
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1985)
Meditations on the feast of the Ascension.

Odes: Sing a Song to the Lord
by Rev. Robert Stroud
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1984)
The origin of the Odes of Solomon, the earliest known Christian hymns.

Priest and Patriots
by Charles E. Adelsen
photos by Henry Angelo-Castrillion
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1984)
The monasteries of Bulgaria are living reminders of a battle for faith and independence.

Nubia: A Lost Homeland
by Pierre Kfoury
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1984)
Despite displacement, the people of Nubia struggle to maintain their distinct culture.

A Lost Greatness
text by Regina J. Clarkin
photos by John Isaac
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1984)
Meditations on children and the challenge to the Christian to retain a childlike spirit.

They Are Christ
by Veronica J. Treanor
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Special 1984)
A reflection on being a Good Samaritan when others suffer.

And the Greatest of These Is War
by Monsignor John A. Meaney
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Special 1984)
Reflections on the suffering of war and the Christian experience in wartime.

Ancient Ties Reunited
by Daniel Gabriel
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1983)
The reunion of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church of India with the Latin Church brought one of the oldest Christian churches into communion with Rome once more.

The Year of the Lord’s Favor
by Rev. Romanos V. Russo
photos: God With Us Catechetical Series, Pittsburgh, PA 15214
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1983)
A discussion of the Byzantine liturgical year.

Forty Martyrs of Sebaste
by Regina J. Clarkin
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1983)
More than a century ago, forty men lost their lives for their Savior. Their feast day is 9 March.

Zouk-Mikael’s Sorrow Turned to Joy
by Rev. Elie Daou
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1983)
The handicapped children of a town in northeastern Beirut find hope.

Lenten Traditions in the Eastern Rite
by Maryann Ondovcsik
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1983)
For Eastern Catholics, Lenten and Easter traditions are a fundamental part of family life.

Sojourn to Emmaus
by Regina J. Clarkin
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1983)
A long walk for two disciples permits a discussion of Christ in each of us.

Profiles
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE March 2012)
The Orthodox Patriarchal Church of Antioch

The Colors of Easter
by Marvin Anderson
(From ONE March 2012)
Ukrainian faithful carry on the ancient craft of decorating eggs

The Aegean Pearls
by Charles A. Frazee
photos: courtesy, Greek National Tourist Board
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1982)
A group of Greek islands brings its history and culture to our world.

Desert Spirituality and the Jesus Prayer
by Veronica J. Treanor
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1982)
Throughout history, meditation has brought the faithful closer to God.

Catalyst of Faith: Paul’s Anatolian Journeys
by Charles E. Adelsen
photos by Henry Angelo-Castrillion
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1982)
This is the second of a two-part series exploring the Bible history of Anatolia, modern day Turkey.

Bible Lands of Turkey: Anatolia and the Beginnings
text by Charles E. Adelsen
photos by Henry Angelo-Castrillion
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1981)
Ancient Anatolia, located in modern Turkey, played a significant role in Bible history.

Light From the East
by Rev. Romanos V. Russo
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1981)
Two missionary brothers, St. Cyril and St. Methodius, introduced the Slavic people to Christianity.

Monasticism: Gift From the East
by Charles A. Frazee
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1981)
Monasticism in the West developed from the ancient traditions of the Eastern monks.

Grass-Roots Evangelization
by Rev. John B. Chethimattam, C.M.I.
photos: The Diocese of Chanda
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1981)
Mission work like that of Father Januarius Palathuruthi in India continues to inspire, guide and yield rich rewards.

If It Weren’t for Sister…
by Rev. Martin J. McDermott, S.J.
photos: CNEWA-PMP, Beirut
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1980)
Sister Mary Gustave continues her tireless work in Lebanon.

Christianity in Iran
by Charles A. Frazee
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1980)
Christianity continues to be a strong spiritual force in a land of much turmoil.

Reaching Out: The Popes in Turkey
by Charles E. Adelsen
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1980)
Beginning with St. Peter himself, many popes have visited what was once the seat of Christianity: Turkey.

Egypt: Ever Old, Ever New
by Leila Badran
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1980)
A seat of civilization, Egypt continues to thrive while the Nile River flows.

The Tomb Is Empty…Tell the World
by Claudia McDonnell
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1980)
Proclaiming the miracle of Christ’s resurrection.

An Ecumenical Academic Endeavor
by Rev. Robert F. Slesinski
(From CNEWA WORLD January – February 2003)
Lay theology department in Belarus is evidence of a changed society

A Bridge to Modern Life
text by Nicholas Seeley with photographs by Tanya Habjouqa
(From ONE May 2012)
Faith holds together Jordan’s last Christian villages

Kerala’s Spice Coast
text and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE May 2012)
The ancient trade that brought St. Thomas to India remains big business

Deep Roots in a Fertile Land
text by Marlin Dick
photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From ONE magazine May – June 2004)
Christians cultivate their faith in Syria’s historic breadbasket

Albania: Land of Sorrows
by John Sinishta
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1979)
Despite ongoing hardship, Albania and its Catholic spirit persevere.

O Joyful Light: The Faith of Russian Catholics
by Rev. Romanos V. Russo
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1979)
The spiritual vision and strong faith of the Russian Catholic Church is strong – in the middle of Manhattan.

Ancient Roots Modern Church: The Orthodox Copts
by Elena Serocki
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1979)
The Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt strives to renew its bonds of faith with the churches of the East and West.

issues
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine November 2005)
A Visit to Turkey and Its Christian Communities

The World of St. Nicholas
by Charles E. Adelsen
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1978)
The “ancestor” of Santa Claus lived a very different life than our famous Saint Nick of the North Pole.

Is This the Face of Jesus? – The Holy Shroud of Turin
photos: NC News Service
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1978)
Did a mysterious piece of cloth cover Jesus in the tomb?

The Christian Art of India Today
by Rev. John B. Chethimattam
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1978)
Indian Christian art depicts not only the grace of the human body but also the presence of the divine.

A Pilgrim’s Thoughts on the Holy Land
by Pope Paul VI
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1978)
Excerpt from the “Apostolic Exhortation of His Holiness PAUL VI to the Bishops, Clergy and Faithful of the World Concerning the Increased Needs of THE CHURCH IN THE HOLY LAND,” March 25, 1974.

Aspebet-Peter…The Bedouin Bishop
by Amédée Brunot, S.C.J.
photos by Rev. Leon V. Kofod, Three Lions, Inc.
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1978)
(This article, which originally appeared in the Sept–Oct 1974 edition of JERUSALEM: Le Bulletin Diocesain du Patriarcat Latin, has been translated from French and edited by the Catholic Near East staff. This piece has been reprinted with permission.)

The Eternal Bridge: Turkey
by Mary Ann McDonnell
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1978)
With its rich history and traditions, Turkey remains a fundamental part of the history of Christianity.

from News

Franciscan: Middle East Christians Must Be Open
Catholic News Service (25 August 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians in the Middle East should not live in fear of the changes happening across the region but should act with courage to denounce situations of injustice and with a Christian attitude of willingness to dialogue, said the head of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

Video: “First Take: Vatican”
Catholic News Service (19 August 2011)
On today’s “First Take: Vatican,” we look at a Vatican message calling on Muslims and Christians to work together to promote human spirituality.

Franciscan Leader Sees Progress Toward Christian Unity
Catholic News Service (24 January 2013)
CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. (CNS) — Despite disappointing setbacks in ecumenical dialogue, there is incremental progress toward Christian unity, according to Father Timothy MacDonald, vicar general of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.

In the Holy Land, World’s Christians Celebrate
Catholic News Service (25 March 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The winding road from the Mount of Olives to the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem was alive with music and song in many languages as global pilgrims joined local Christian Palestinians in the traditional Palm Sunday procession commemorating Jesus’ entry into the city.

Europe No Longer Catholic Church’s ‘Center’
Catholic News Service (11 April 2013)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — The election of Pope Francis, an Argentine, to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics confirms what observers have long known: Vast demographic shifts in the Catholic population are reconfiguring the face of the church and shifting the institution’s center from its historic European heartland.

Christian Patriarchs Denounce Silence on Persecution in Mideast
Catholic News Service (11 August 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Mideast Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs denounced the “total international silence” on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and called for Muslim religious authorities to issue fatwas, or legal edicts, banning attacks against Christians and “other innocents.”

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Remembering 9/11: “Love is more powerful than hate”
Rev. Elias D. Mallon, S.A. recounts his experience on 9/11/01, and reflects on the challenges of that day and the days since.

The Other Man From Galilee
Father Elias Mallon discusses meeting Archbishop Elias Chacour at a recent symposium organized by the Sheptytsky Institute and CNEWA.

“Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6)
Father Guido Gockel explores the nature of good and evil and their meaning in the turmoil pervading the Holy Land, focusing on the spiritual life that transcends the political..

In the Middle East, Seeking "Dialogue With the Digital Culture"
The church continues to seek ways to reach hearts and minds across the boundaries of conflict and into the uncharted frontier of the new technological age.

The Faithful Who Are Fleeing the Holy Land
The Catholic Courier has more on the unfolding tale, and uncertain fate, of the Christian presence in the Holy Land.

Picture of the Day: Orthodox Africa
The faithful celebrate the liturgy at the Church of St. Nicholas in Kampala, Uganda. (photo: Tugela Ridley)

Is There Room for Christians in the Middle East?
CNEWA's Michael J. La Civita recently gave a speech on religious minorities and social movements in the Middle East.

Picture of the Day: Sacred Syria
The church at Saint George’s Monastery houses rare Arab icons. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Take Five: 5 Quotes on Ecumenism
Today begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Here are five quotes to consider during this time of ecumenical intentions.

Thoughts on Easter and Passover
In the embedded video, CNEWA's external affairs officer, Rev. Elias Mallon, S.A., Ph.D., discusses the significance of Easter and Passover, and of their proximity to one another.

Picture of the Day: Orthodox Africa
Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga presides over the Sunday liturgy at St. Nicholas Church. (photo:Tugela Ridley)

Picture of the Day: Prayers in Paint
The Summer issue of ONE takes us back to school, to learn about the art and spirituality behind creating icons.

Encountering Holy Land Christians: Way of the Cross
Melodie Gabriel shares a brief presentation of the Via Dolorosa from the recent CNEWA/C.W.L. pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Journey Through the South Caucasus
CNEWA Chief Communications Officer Michael La Civita shares details from his ongoing trip to Lebanon, Armenia and Georgia.

Picture of the Day: Christmas Greetings
The Christmas tree is seen as Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 22 December. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Picture of the Day: Doves for Peace in Palestine
Three years ago, we profiled a village in Palestine, where there was an unsual effort underway to promote peace.

Vatican Releases Video for
Pope's Prayer Intention for January: Christian Unity

The Apostleship of Prayer has released an inspiring new video to accompany Pope Francis's prayer intention.

CNEWA Connections:
2,000 Years of Christianity in Syria and Mesopotamia
Part 1 — In the Beginning

When churches trace their roots back to apostolic times, there is very often an historical core to those traditions, says the Rev. Elias Mallon.